Michael Kisielewski, M.A., is a political scientist and senior research specialist for StatAid, a nonprofit statistical consultation and research organization. Prior to joining StatAid, he was a Program Associate for the AAAS project on Science and Intellectual Property in the Public Interest (SIPPI), where he focused on traditional knowledge and intellectual property in the life sciences, intellectual property patenting issues at the international level, and general national and international science policy. Michael also served as a consultant to the Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions, and worked with the Center for Science in the Public Interest's (CSPI) Food and Agriculture program as a research associate. Before joining CSPI, he worked as a research associate for the National Academy of Sciences' Board and Agriculture and Natural Resources. In that capacity, Michael provided background research and prepared text for several studies on national and international agricultural biotechnology, where he worked with numerous science advisory committees--many of which included experts whose innovations were in the process of being patented. Michael received a Master of Arts degree in International Security Studies from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from The George Washington University.